A Squirmy Child

“No!” screamed the child. The tired mother looked near her wits end. The child squirmed in her arms and pushed at the stuffed toy. The doctor behind them, waiting to enter the church sanctuary, cleared his throat. Neither the child or the mother noticed him. He raised an eyebrow and squinted one eye at hisContinue reading “A Squirmy Child”

Fish Out of Water

An introverted gamer teen desires family time, to feel connection. And love. She takes off her shoes and follows grandma through the sand, carrying chairs and umbrellas close to water’s edge, smiling, even though today is not a day for swimming. She sits in a chair as sand blows into her every crease and crevice.Continue reading “Fish Out of Water”

Tucker (a vignette)

A young man brings a black curly-haired four-month-old puppy to the beach. He throws a tennis ball across the white mounds and the pup runs after it, bringing it back slobbery and full of sand. The young man throws it toward the water. The pup runs after it, but stops abruptly at water’s edge, prancingContinue reading “Tucker (a vignette)”